This double billing of two great McDuff albums is absolutely essential.
The band line-up on both recordings is:
Jack McDuff - Hammond Organ
Red Holloway - Tenor Sax
George Benson - Guitar
Joe Dukes - Drums
The recordings date from 1965 (Live!) and 1966 (Hot BBQ). Listen to the opening track on the Live! album and tell me this isn't some of the hottest swinging blues playing you've ever heard. The solos are blistering, starting with Tenor Sax, then Guitar and finally Hammond Organ. Of course when this was recorded George Benson was only known as a Guitar player and had yet to make his name as a cross-over artist. Its great to hear him play some down home stuff. Of course there are quite a few restrained numbers as well, but these only increase your enjoyment of the down-home stuff.
The CD finishes with a fantastic version of "Undecided". This drives along at an indecently fast tempo with all members of the band playing their socks off.